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        AN ACT relating to the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
        SECTION 1. A NEW SECTION OF KRS 304.010 TO 304.210 IS CREATED

TO READ AS FOLLOWS:

The Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact is hereby enacted into

law and entered into by this state with any other states legally joining therein in the

form substantially as follows:

                                       PREAMBLE

        WHEREAS, with regard to Non-Admitted Insurance policies with risk exposures

located in multiple states, the 111th United States Congress, has stipulated in Title V,

Subtitle B the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010, of the Dodd-Frank

Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, hereafter, the NRRA, that:

        (A)The placement of Non-Admitted Insurance shall be subject to the statutory

and regulatory requirements solely of the insured’s Home State, and

        (B)Any law, regulation, provision, or action of any State that applies or purports

to apply to Non-Admitted Insurance sold to, solicited by, or negotiated with an insured

whose Home State is another State shall be preempted with respect to such application;

except that any State law, rule, or regulation that restricts the placement of workers’

compensation insurance or excess insurance for self-funded workers’ compensation

plans with a Non-Admitted Insurer shall not be preempted.

        WHEREAS, in compliance with NRRA, no State other than the Home State of an

insured may require any Premium Tax payment for Non-Admitted Insurance; and no

State other than an insured’s Home State may require a Surplus Lines Broker to be

licensed in order to sell, solicit, or negotiate Non-Admitted Insurance with respect to

such insured;
        WHEREAS, the NRRA intends that the States may enter into a compact or

otherwise establish procedures to allocate among the States the premium taxes paid to

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an insured’s Home State; and that each State adopt nationwide uniform requirements,

forms, and procedures, such as an interstate compact, that provide for the reporting,

payment, collection, and allocation of premium taxes for Non-Admitted Insurance;

        WHEREAS, after the expiration of the two-year period beginning on the date of

the enactment of the NRRA, a State may not collect any fees relating to licensing of an

individual or entity as a Surplus Lines Licensee in the State unless the State has in

effect at such time laws or regulations that provide for participation by the State in the

national insurance producer database of the NAIC, or any other equivalent uniform

national database, for the licensure of Surplus Lines Licensees and the renewal of

such licenses;

        WHEREAS, a need exists for a system of regulation that will provide for Surplus

Lines Insurance to be placed with reputable and financially sound Non-Admitted

Insurers, and that will permit orderly access to Surplus Lines Insurance in this state

and encourage insurers to make new and innovative types of insurance available to

consumers in this state;

        WHEREAS, protecting the revenue of this state and other Compacting States

may be accomplished by facilitating the payment and collection of Premium Tax on

Non-Admitted Insurance and providing for allocation of Premium Tax for Non-

Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks among the States in accordance with Uniform

Allocation Formulas;

        WHEREAS, the efficiency of the surplus lines market may be improved by

eliminating duplicative and inconsistent tax and regulatory requirements among the

States, and by promoting and protecting the interests of Surplus Lines Licensees who

assist such insureds and Non-Admitted Insurers, thereby ensuring the continued

availability of Non-Admitted Insurance to consumers;
        WHEREAS, regulatory compliance with respect to Non-Admitted Insurance

placements may be streamlined by providing for exclusive single-state regulatory

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compliance for Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks, thereby providing

certainty regarding such compliance to all persons who have an interest in such

transactions, including but not limited to insureds, regulators, Surplus Lines

Licensees, other insurance producers, and Surplus Lines Insurers;

        WHEREAS, coordination of regulatory resources and expertise between State

insurance departments and other State agencies, as well as State surplus lines

stamping offices, with respect to Non-Admitted Insurance will be improved;

        NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing, the State of Kentucky

and the various other States do hereby solemnly covenant and agree, each with the

other as follows:

                                        ARTICLE I

                                          Purpose

The purposes of this Compact are:

1.      To implement the express provisions of the NRRA.

2.      To protect the Premium Tax revenues of the Compacting States through

        facilitating the payment and collection of Premium Tax on Non-Admitted

        Insurance; and to protect the interests of the Compacting States by supporting the

        continued availability of such insurance to consumers; and to provide for

        allocation of Premium Tax for Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks

        among the States in accordance with uniform Allocation Formulas to be

        developed, adopted, and implemented by the Commission.

3.      To streamline and improve the efficiency of the surplus lines market by

        eliminating duplicative and inconsistent tax and regulatory requirements among

        the States; and promote and protect the interest of Surplus Lines Licensees who

        assist such insureds and Surplus Lines Insurers, thereby ensuring the continued
        availability of Surplus Lines Insurance to consumers.

4.      To streamline regulatory compliance with respect to Non-Admitted Insurance

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        placements by providing for exclusive single-state regulatory compliance for

        Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks, in accordance with Rules to be

        adopted by the Commission, thereby providing certainty regarding such

        compliance to all persons who have an interest in such transactions, including

        but not limited to insureds, regulators, Surplus Lines Licensees, other insurance

        producers, and Surplus Lines Insurers.

5.      To establish a Clearinghouse for receipt and dissemination of Premium Tax and

        Clearinghouse Transaction Data related to Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-

        State Risks, in accordance with Rules to be adopted by the Commission.

6.      To improve coordination of regulatory resources and expertise between State

        insurance departments and other State agencies, as well as State surplus lines

        stamping offices, with respect to Non-Admitted Insurance.

7.      To adopt uniform Rules to provide for Premium Tax payment, reporting,

        allocation, data collection and dissemination for Non-Admitted Insurance of

        Multi-State Risks and Single-State Risks, in accordance with Rules to be adopted

        by the Commission, thereby promoting the overall efficiency of the Non-Admitted

        Insurance market.

8.      To adopt uniform mandatory Rules with respect to regulatory compliance

        requirements for:

                 (i) foreign Insurer Eligibility Requirements;

                 (ii) surplus lines Policyholder Notices;

9.      To establish the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact

        Commission.

10.     To coordinate reporting of Clearinghouse Transaction Data on Non-Admitted

        Insurance of Multi-State Risks among Compacting States and Contracting
        States.

11.     To perform these and such other related functions as may be consistent with the

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        purposes of the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance Compact.

                                       ARTICLE II

                                        Definitions

For purposes of this Compact the following definitions shall apply:

1.      "Admitted Insurer" means an insurer that is licensed, or authorized, to transact

        the business of insurance under the law of the Home State; for purposes of this

        Compact "Admitted Insurer" shall not include a domestic surplus lines insurer

        as may be defined by applicable State law.

2.      "Affiliate" means with respect to an insured, any entity that controls, is

        controlled by, or is under common control with the insured.

3.      "Allocation Formula" means the uniform methods promulgated by the

        Commission by which insured risk exposures will be apportioned to each State

        for the purpose of calculating Premium Taxes due.

4.      "Bylaws" means those bylaws established by the Commission for its governance,

        or for directing or controlling the Commission’s actions or conduct.

5.      "Clearinghouse" means the Commission’s operations involving the acceptance,

        processing, and dissemination, among the Compacting States, Contracting States,

        Surplus Lines Licensees, insureds and other persons, of Premium Tax and

        Clearinghouse Transaction Data for Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-State

        Risks, in accordance with this Compact and Rules to be adopted by the

        Commission.

6.      "Clearinghouse Transaction Data" means the information regarding Non-

        Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks required to be reported, accepted,

        collected, processed, and disseminated by Surplus Lines Licensees for Surplus

        Lines Insurance and insureds for Independently Procured Insurance under this
        Compact and Rules to be adopted by the Commission.                 Clearinghouse

        Transaction Data includes information related to Single-State Risks if a state

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        elects to have the Clearinghouse collect taxes on Single-State Risks for such state.

7.      "Compacting State" means any State which has enacted this Compact legislation

        and which has not withdrawn pursuant to Article XIV, Section 1, or been

        terminated pursuant to Article XIV, Section 2.

8.      "Commission" means the "Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance

        Compact Commission" established by this Compact.

9.      "Commissioner" means the chief insurance regulatory official of a State

        including, but not limited to commissioner, superintendent, director or

        administrator or their designees.

10.     "Contracting State" means any State which has not enacted this Compact

        legislation but has entered into a written contract with the Commission to utilize

        the services of and fully participate in the Clearinghouse.

11.     "Control" An entity has "control" over another entity if:

        (A) the entity directly or indirectly or acting through 1 or more other persons

                 own, controls, or has the power to vote 25 percent or more of any class of

                 voting securities of the other entity; or

        (B) the entity controls in any manner the election of a majority of the directors

                 or trustees of the other entity.

12.     "Home State"

        (A) IN GENERAL. Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the term "Home

                 State" means, with respect to an insured:

                 (i)        the State in which an insured maintains its principal place of business

                            or, in the case of an individual, the individual’s principal residence; or

                 (ii)       if 100 percent of the insured risk is located out of the State referred to

                            in subparagraph (A)(i), the State to which the greatest percentage of
                            the insured’s taxable premium for that insurance contract is allocated.

        (B) AFFILIATED GROUPS. If more than one insured from an affiliated group

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                 are named insureds on a single Non-Admitted Insurance contract, the term

                 "Home State" means the Home State, as determined pursuant to

                 subparagraph (A), of the member of the affiliated group that has the largest

                 percentage of premium attributed to it under such insurance contract.

13.     "Independently Procured Insurance" means insurance procured by an insured

        directly from a Surplus Lines Insurer or other Non-Admitted Insurer as

        permitted by the laws of the Home State.

14.     "Insurer Eligibility Requirements" means the criteria, forms and procedures

        established to qualify as a Surplus Lines Insurer under the law of the Home State

        provided that such criteria, forms and procedures are consistent with the express

        provisions of the NRRA on and after July 21, 2011.

15.     "Member" means the person or persons chosen by a Compacting State as its

        representative or representatives to the Commission provided that each

        Compacting State shall be limited to one vote.

16.     "Multi-State Risk" means a risk with insured exposures in more than one State.

17.     "Non-Compacting State" means any State which has not adopted this Compact.

18.     "Non-Admitted Insurance" means Surplus Lines Insurance and Independently

        Procured Insurance.

19.     "Non-Admitted Insurer" means an insurer that is not authorized or admitted to

        transact the business of insurance under the law of the Home State.

20.     "NRRA" means the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act which is Title V,

        Subtitle B of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

21.     "Policyholder Notice" means the disclosure notice or stamp that is required to be

        furnished to the applicant or policyholder in connection with a Surplus Lines

        Insurance placement.
22.     "Premium Tax" means with respect to Non-Admitted Insurance, any tax, fee,

        assessment, or other charge imposed by a government entity directly or indirectly

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        based on any payment made as consideration for such insurance, including

        premium deposits, assessments, registration fees, and any other compensation

        given in consideration for a contract of insurance.

23.     "Principal Place of Business" means with respect to determining the Home State

        of the insured, the state where the insured maintains its headquarters and where

        the insured’s high-level officers direct, control and coordinate the business

        activities of the insured.

24.     "Purchasing Group" means any group formed pursuant to the Liability Risk

        Retention Act which has as one of its purposes the purchase of liability insurance

        on a group basis, purchases such insurance only for its group members and only

        to cover their similar or related liability exposure and is composed of members

        whose businesses or activities are similar or related with respect to the liability to

        which members are exposed by virtue of any related, similar or common

        business, trade, product, services, premises or operations and is domiciled in any

        State.

25.     "Rule" means a statement of general or particular applicability and future effect

        promulgated by the Commission designed to implement, interpret, or prescribe

        law or policy or describing the organization, procedure or practice requirements

        of the Commission which shall have the force and effect of law in the

        Compacting States.

26.     "Single-State Risk" means a risk with insured exposures in only one State.

27.     "State" means any state, district or territory of the United States of America.

28.     "State Transaction Documentation" means the information required under the

        laws of the Home State to be filed by Surplus Lines Licensees in order to report

        Surplus Lines Insurance and verify compliance with surplus lines laws, and by
        insureds in order to report Independently Procured Insurance.

29.     "Surplus Lines Insurance" means insurance procured by a Surplus Lines

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        Licensee from a Surplus Lines Insurer or other Non-Admitted Insurer as

        permitted under the law of the Home State; for purposes of this Compact

        "Surplus Lines Insurance" shall also mean excess lines insurance as may be

        defined by applicable State law.

30.     "Surplus Lines Insurer" means a Non-Admitted Insurer eligible under the law of

        the Home State to accept business from a Surplus Lines Licensee; for purposes of

        this Compact "Surplus Lines Insurer" shall also mean an insurer which is

        permitted to write Surplus Lines Insurance under the laws of the state where

        such insurer is domiciled.

31.     "Surplus Lines Licensee" means an individual, firm or corporation licensed

        under the law of the Home State to place Surplus Lines Insurance.

                                               ARTICLE III

                                Establishment of the Commission and Venue

1.      The Compacting States hereby create and establish a joint public agency known

        as      the         "Surplus   Lines   Insurance       Multi-State   Compliance       Compact

        Commission."

2.      Pursuant to Article IV, the Commission will have the power to adopt mandatory

        Rules which establish exclusive Home State authority regarding Non-Admitted

        Insurance of Multi State Risks, Allocation Formulas, Clearinghouse Transaction

        Data, a Clearinghouse for receipt and distribution of allocated Premium Tax and

        Clearinghouse Transaction Data, and uniform rulemaking procedures and Rules

        for the purpose of financing, administering, operating and enforcing compliance

        with the provisions of this Compact, its Bylaws and Rules.

3.      Pursuant to Article IV, the Commission will have the power to adopt mandatory

        Rules establishing foreign Insurer Eligibility Requirements and a concise and
        objective Policyholder Notice regarding the nature of a surplus lines placement.

4.      The Commission is a body corporate and politic, and an instrumentality of the

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        Compacting States.

5.      The Commission is solely responsible for its liabilities except as otherwise

        specifically provided in this Compact.

6.      Venue is proper and judicial proceedings by or against the Commission shall be

        brought solely and exclusively in a court of competent jurisdiction where the

        principal office of the Commission is located. The Commission may waive venue

        and jurisdictional defenses to the extent it adopts or consents to participate in

        alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

                                        ARTICLE IV

                            Authority to Establish Mandatory Rules

The Commission shall adopt mandatory Rules which establish:

1.      Allocation Formulas for each type of Non-Admitted Insurance coverage, which

        Allocation Formulas must be used by each Compacting State and Contracting

        State in acquiring Premium Tax and Clearinghouse Transaction Data from

        Surplus Lines Licensees and insureds for reporting to the Clearinghouse created

        by the Compact Commission. Such Allocation Formulas will be established with

        input from Surplus lines Licensees and be based upon readily available data with

        simplicity and uniformity for the Surplus Line Licensee as a material

        consideration.

2.      Uniform Clearinghouse Transaction Data reporting requirements for all

        information reported to the Clearinghouse.

3.      Methods by which Compacting States and Contracting States require Surplus

        Lines Licensees and insureds to pay Premium Tax and to report Clearinghouse

        Transaction Data to the Clearinghouse, including but not limited to processing

        Clearinghouse Transaction Data through State stamping and service offices,
        State insurance departments, or other State designated agencies or entities.

4.      That Non-Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks shall be subject to all of the

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        regulatory compliance requirements of the Home State exclusively. Home State

        regulatory compliance requirements applicable to Surplus Lines Insurance shall

        include but not be limited to, (i) person(s) required to be licensed to sell, solicit, or

        negotiate Surplus Lines Insurance; (ii) Insurer Eligibility Requirements or other

        approved Non-Admitted Insurer requirements; (iii) Diligent Search; (iv) State

        Transaction Documentation and Clearinghouse Transaction Data regarding the

        payment of Premium Tax as set forth in this Compact and Rules to be adopted by

        the Commission. Home State regulatory compliance requirements applicable to

        Independently Procured Insurance placements shall include but not be limited to

        providing State Transaction Documentation and Clearinghouse Transaction

        Data regarding the payment of Premium Tax as set forth in this Compact and

        Rules to be adopted by the Commission.

5.      That each Compacting State and Contracting State may charge its own rate of

        taxation on the premium allocated to such State based on the applicable

        Allocation Formula provided that the state establishes one single rate of taxation

        applicable to all Non-Admitted Insurance transactions and no other tax, fee

        assessment or other charge by any governmental or quasi governmental agency

        be permitted.       Notwithstanding the foregoing, stamping office fees may be

        charged as a separate, additional cost unless such fees are incorporated into a

        state’s single rate of taxation.

6.      That any change in the rate of taxation by any Compacting State or Contracting

        State be restricted to changes made prospectively on not less than 90 days

        advance notice to the Compact Commission.

7.      That each Compacting State and Contracting State shall require Premium Tax

        payments either annually, semi-annually, or quarterly utilizing one or more of
        the following dates only: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

8.      That each Compacting State and Contracting State prohibit any other State

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        agency or political subdivision from requiring Surplus Lines Licensees to provide

        Clearinghouse Transaction Data and State Transaction Documentation other

        than to the insurance department or tax officials of the Home State or one single

        designated agent thereof.

9.      The obligation of the Home State by itself, through a designated agent, surplus

        lines stamping or service office, to collect Clearinghouse Transaction Data from

        Surplus Line Licensees and from insureds for Independently Procured

        Insurance, where applicable, for reporting to the Clearinghouse.

10.     A method for the Clearinghouse to periodically report to Compacting States,

        Contracting States, Surplus Lines Licensees and insureds who independently

        procure insurance, all Premium Taxes owed to each of the Compacting States

        and Contracting States, the dates upon which payment of such Premium Taxes

        are due and a method to pay them through the Clearinghouse.

11.     That each Surplus Line Licensee is required to be licensed only in the Home

        State of each insured for whom Surplus Lines Insurance has been procured.

12.     That a policy considered to be Surplus Lines Insurance in the insured’s Home

        State shall be considered Surplus Lines Insurance in all Compacting States and

        Contracting States, and taxed as a Surplus Lines transaction in all states to

        which a portion of the risk is allocated. Each Compacting State and Contracting

        State shall require each Surplus Lines Licensee to pay to every other Compacting

        State and Contracting State Premium Taxes on each Multi-State Risk through

        the Clearinghouse at such tax rate charged on surplus lines transactions in such

        other Compacting States and Contracting States on the portion of the risk in each

        such Compacting State and Contracting State as determined by the applicable

        uniform Allocation Formula adopted by the Commission. A policy considered to
        be Independently Procured Insurance in the insured’s Home State shall be

        considered Independently Procured Insurance in all Compacting States and

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        Contracting States. Each Compacting State and Contracting State shall require

        the insured to pay every other Compacting State and Contracting State the

        Independently Procured Insurance Premium Tax on each Multi-State Risk

        through the Clearinghouse pursuant to the uniform Allocation Formula adopted

        by the Commission.

13.     Uniform foreign Insurer Eligibility Requirements as authorized by the NRRA.

14.     A uniform Policyholder Notice.

15.     Uniform treatment of Purchasing Group Surplus Lines Insurance placements.

                                         ARTICLE V

                                 Powers of the Commission

The Commission shall have the following powers:

1.      To promulgate Rules and operating procedures, pursuant to Article VIII of this

        Compact, which shall have the force and effect of law and shall be binding in the

        Compacting States to the extent and in the manner provided in this Compact;

2.      To bring and prosecute legal proceedings or actions in the name of the

        Commission, provided that the standing of any State insurance department to sue

        or be sued under applicable law shall not be affected;

3.      To issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the

        production of evidence, provided however, the Commission is not empowered to

        demand or subpoena records or data from Non-Admitted Insurers;

4.      To establish and maintain offices including the creation of a Clearinghouse for

        the receipt of Premium Tax and Clearinghouse Transaction Data regarding Non-

        Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks, Single-State Risks for states which

        elect to require Surplus Lines Licensees to pay Premium Tax on Single State

        Risks through the Clearinghouse and tax reporting forms;
5.      To purchase and maintain insurance and bonds;

6.      To borrow, accept or contract for services of personnel, including, but not limited

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        to, employees of a Compacting State or stamping office, pursuant to an open,

        transparent, objective competitive process and procedure adopted by the

        Commission;

7.      To hire employees, professionals or specialists, and elect or appoint officers, and

        to fix their compensation, define their duties and give them appropriate authority

        to carry out the purposes of the Compact, and determine their qualifications,

        pursuant to an open, transparent, objective competitive process and procedure

        adopted by the Commission; and to establish the Commission’s personnel policies

        and programs relating to conflicts of interest, rates of compensation and

        qualifications of personnel, and other related personnel matters;

8.      To accept any and all appropriate donations and grants of money, equipment,

        supplies, materials and services, and to receive, utilize and dispose of the same;

        provided that at all times the Commission shall avoid any appearance of

        impropriety and/or conflict of interest;

9.      To lease, purchase, accept appropriate gifts or donations of, or otherwise to own,

        hold, improve or use, any property, real, personal or mixed; provided that at all

        times the Commission shall avoid any appearance of impropriety and/or conflict

        of interest;

10.     To sell convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, abandon or otherwise dispose

        of any property real, personal or mixed;

11.     To provide for tax audit Rules and procedures for the Compacting States with

        respect to the allocation of Premium Taxes including:

        a.       Minimum audit standards, including sampling methods,

        b.       Review of internal controls,

        c.       Cooperation and sharing of audit responsibilities between Compacting
                 States,

        d.       Handling of refunds or credits due to overpayments or improper allocation

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                 of Premium Taxes,

        e.       Taxpayer records to be reviewed including a minimum retention period,

        f.       Authority of Compacting States to review, challenge, or re-audit taxpayer

                 records.

12.     To enforce compliance by Compacting States and Contracting States with Rules,

        and Bylaws pursuant to the authority set forth in Article XIV;

13.     To provide for dispute resolution among Compacting States and Contracting

        States;

14.     To advise Compacting States and Contracting States on tax-related issues

        relating to insurers,      insureds, Surplus Lines Licensees, agents or brokers

        domiciled or doing business in Non-Compacting States, consistent with the

        purposes of this Compact;

15.     To make available advice and training to those personnel in State stamping

        offices, State insurance departments or other State departments for record

        keeping, tax compliance, and tax allocations; and to be a resource for State

        insurance departments and other State departments;

16.     To establish a budget and make expenditures;

17.     To borrow money;

18.     To appoint and oversee committees, including advisory committees comprised of

        Members, State insurance regulators, State legislators or their representatives,

        insurance industry and consumer representatives, and such other interested

        persons as may be designated in this Compact and the Bylaws;

19.     To establish an Executive Committee of not less than seven (7) nor more than

        fifteen (15) representatives, which shall include officers elected by the

        Commission and such other representatives as provided for herein and
        determined by the Bylaws. Representatives of the Executive Committee shall serve

        a one year term. Representatives of the Executive Committee shall be entitled to

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        one vote each. The Executive Committee shall have the power to act on behalf of

        the Commission, with the exception of rulemaking, during periods when the

        Commission is not in session. The Executive Committee shall oversee the day to

        day activities of the administration of the Compact, including the activities of the

        Operations Committee created under this Article and compliance and

        enforcement of the provisions of the Compact, its Bylaws, and Rules, and such

        other duties as provided herein and as deemed necessary.

20.     To establish an Operations Committee of not less than seven (7) and not more

        than fifteen (15) representatives to provide analysis, advice, determinations and

        recommendations regarding technology, software, and systems integration to be

        acquired by the Commission and to provide analysis, advice, determinations and

        recommendations regarding the establishment of mandatory Rules to be adopted

        by the Commission.

21.     To enter into contracts with Contracting States so that Contracting States can

        utilize the services of and fully participate in the Clearinghouse subject to the

        terms and conditions set forth in such contracts;

22.     To adopt and use a corporate seal; and

23.     To perform such other functions as may be necessary or appropriate to achieve

        the purposes of this Compact consistent with the State regulation of the business

        of insurance.

                                           ARTICLE VI

                                 Organization of the Commission

1.      Membership, Voting and Bylaws

        a.       Each Compacting State shall have and be limited to one Member. Each

                 State shall determine the qualifications and the method by which it selects a
                 Member and set forth the selection process in the enabling provision of the

                 legislation which enacts this Compact. In the absence of such a provision

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                 the Member shall be appointed by the governor of such Compacting State.

                 Any Member may be removed or suspended from office as provided by the

                 law of the State from which he or she shall be appointed. Any vacancy

                 occurring in the Commission shall be filled in accordance with the laws of

                 the Compacting State wherein the vacancy exists.

        b.       Each Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote and shall otherwise have an

                 opportunity to participate in the governance of the Commission in

                 accordance with the Bylaws.

        c.       The Commission shall, by a majority vote of the Members, prescribe Bylaws

                 to govern its conduct as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the

                 purposes and exercise the powers of the Compact including, but not limited

                 to:

                 i.         Establishing the fiscal year of the Commission;

                 ii.        Providing reasonable procedures for holding meetings of the

                            Commission,    the   Executive       Committee,      and    the    Operations

                            Committee;

                 iii.       Providing reasonable standards and procedures: (i) for the

                            establishment and meetings of committees, and (ii) governing any

                            general or specific delegation of any authority or function of the

                            Commission;

                 iv.        Providing reasonable procedures for calling and conducting meetings

                            of the Commission that consist of a majority of Commission Members,

                            ensuring reasonable advance notice of each such meeting and

                            providing for the right of citizens to attend each such meeting with

                            enumerated exceptions designed to protect the public’s interest, the
                            privacy of individuals, and insurers’ and Surplus Lines Licensees’

                            proprietary information, including trade secrets. The Commission may

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                            meet in camera only after a majority of the entire membership votes to

                            close a meeting in toto or in part. As soon as practicable, the

                            Commission must make public: (i) a copy of the vote to close the

                            meeting revealing the vote of each Member with no proxy votes

                            allowed, and (ii) votes taken during such meeting;

                 v.         Establishing the titles, duties and authority and reasonable

                            procedures for the election of the officers of the Commission;

                 vi.        Providing    reasonable     standards      and    procedures       for       the

                            establishment of the personnel policies and programs of the

                            Commission. Notwithstanding any civil service or other similar laws

                            of any Compacting State, the Bylaws shall exclusively            govern the

                            personnel policies and programs of the Commission;

                 vii.       Promulgating a code of ethics to address permissible and prohibited

                            activities of Commission Members and employees;

                 viii. Providing a mechanism for winding up the operations of the

                            Commission and the equitable disposition of any surplus funds that

                            may exist after the termination of the Compact after the payment

                            and/or reserving of all of its debts and obligations;

        d.       The Commission shall publish its Bylaws in a convenient form and file a

                 copy thereof and a copy of any amendment thereto, with the appropriate

                 agency or officer in each of the Compacting States.

2.      Executive Committee, Personnel and Chairperson

        a.       An Executive Committee of the Commission ("Executive Committee") shall

                 be established.          All actions, of the Executive Committee, including

                 compliance and enforcement are subject to the review and ratification of the
                 Commission as provided in the Bylaws.

        The Executive Committee shall have no more than fifteen (15) representatives, or

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        one for each State if there are less than fifteen (15) Compacting States, who shall

        serve for a term and be established in accordance with the Bylaws.

        b.       The Executive Committee shall have such authority and duties as may be

                 set forth in the Bylaws, including but not limited to:

                 i.         Managing the affairs of the Commission in a manner consistent with

                            the Bylaws and purposes of the Commission;

                 ii.        Establishing and overseeing an organizational structure within, and

                            appropriate procedures for the Commission to provide for the creation

                            of Rules and operating procedures.

                 iii.       Overseeing the offices of the Commission; and

                 iv.        Planning, implementing, and coordinating communications and

                            activities with other State, federal and local government organizations

                            in order to advance the goals of the Commission.

        c.       The Commission shall annually elect officers from the Executive

                 Committee, with each having such authority and duties, as may be specified

                 in the Bylaws.

        d.       The Executive Committee may, subject to the approval of the Commission,

                 appoint or retain an executive director for such period, upon such terms

                 and conditions and for such compensation as the Commission may deem

                 appropriate. The executive director shall serve as secretary to the

                 Commission, but shall not be a Member of the Commission. The executive

                 director shall hire and supervise such other persons as may be authorized

                 by the Commission.

3.      Operations Committee

        a.       An Operations Committee shall be established. All actions of the Operations
                 Committee are subject to the review and oversight of the Commission and

                 the Executive Committee and must be approved by the Commission. The

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                 Executive Committee will accept the determinations and recommendations

                 of the Operations Committee unless good cause is shown why such

                 determinations and recommendations should not be approved.                          Any

                 disputes as to whether good cause exists to reject any determination or

                 recommendation of the Operations Committee shall be resolved by the

                 majority vote of the Commission.

        The Operations Committee shall have no more than fifteen (15) representatives

        or one for each State if there are less than fifteen (15) Compacting States, who

        shall serve for a term and shall be established as set forth in the Bylaws.

        The Operations Committee shall have responsibility for:

                 i.         Evaluating technology requirements for the Clearinghouse, assessing

                            existing systems used by state regulatory agencies and state stamping

                            offices to maximize the efficiency and successful integration of the

                            Clearinghouse technology systems with state and state stamping office

                            technology platforms and to minimize costs to the states, state

                            stamping offices and the Clearinghouse.

                 ii.        Making recommendations to the Executive Committee based on its

                            analysis and determination of the Clearinghouse technology

                            requirements and compatibility with existing state and state stamping

                            office systems,

                 iii.       Evaluating the most suitable proposals for adoption as mandatory

                            Rules, assessing such proposals for ease of integration by states, and

                            likelihood of successful implementation and to report to the Executive

                            Committee its determinations and recommendations.

                 iv.        Such other duties and responsibilities as are delegated to it by the
                            Bylaws, the Executive Committee or the Commission.

        b.       All representatives of the Operations Committee shall be individuals who

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                 have extensive experience and/or employment in the Surplus Lines

                 Insurance business including but not limited to executives and attorneys

                 employed by Surplus Line Insurers, Surplus Line Licensees, Law Firms,

                 State Insurance Departments and/or State stamping offices. Operations

                 Committee representatives from Compacting States which utilize the

                 services of a state stamping office must appoint the Chief Operating Officer

                 or a senior manager of the state stamping office to the Operations

                 Committee.

4.      Legislative and Advisory Committees

        a.       A legislative committee comprised of State legislators or their designees

                 shall      be   established   to   monitor      the   operations    of    and        make

                 recommendations to, the Commission, including the Executive Committee;

                 provided that the manner of selection and term of any legislative committee

                 member shall be as set forth in the Bylaws.           Prior to the adoption by the

                 Commission of any Uniform Standard, revision to the Bylaws, annual

                 budget or other significant matter as may be provided in the Bylaws, the

                 Executive Committee shall consult with and report to the legislative

                 committee.

        b.       The Commission may establish additional advisory committees as its Bylaws

                 may provide for the carrying out of its functions.

5.      Corporate Records of the Commission

        The Commission shall maintain its corporate books and records in accordance

        with the Bylaws.

6.      Qualified Immunity, Defense and Indemnification

        a.       The Members, officers, executive director, employees and representatives of
                 the Commission, the Executive Committee and any other Committee of the

                 Commission shall be immune from suit and liability, either personally or in

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                 their official capacity, for any claim for damage to or loss of property or

                 personal injury or other civil liability caused by or arising out of any actual

                 or alleged act, error or omission that occurred, or that the person against

                 whom the claim is made had a reasonable basis for believing occurred

                 within the scope of Commission employment, duties or responsibilities;

                 provided that nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to protect any

                 such person from suit and/or liability for any damage, loss, injury or

                 liability caused by the intentional or willful or wanton misconduct of that

                 person.

        b.       The Commission shall defend any Member, officer, executive director,

                 employee or representative of the Commission, the Executive Committee or

                 any other Committee of the Commission in any civil action seeking to

                 impose liability arising out of any actual or alleged act, error or omission

                 that occurred within the scope of Commission employment, duties or

                 responsibilities, or that the person against whom the claim is made had a

                 reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of Commission

                 employment, duties or responsibilities; provided that nothing herein shall be

                 construed to prohibit that person from retaining his or her own counsel;

                 and provided further, that the actual or alleged act error or omission did not

                 result from that person’s intentional or willful or wanton misconduct.

        c.       The Commission shall indemnify and hold harmless any Member, officer,

                 executive director, employee or representative of the Commission, Executive

                 Committee or any other Committee of the Commission for the amount of

                 any settlement or judgment obtained against that person arising out of any

                 actual or alleged act, error or omission that occurred within the scope of
                 Commission employment, duties or responsibilities, or that such person had

                 a reasonable basis for believing occurred within the scope of Commission

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                 employment, duties or responsibilities, provided that the actual or alleged

                 act, error or omission did not result from the intentional or willful or

                 wanton misconduct of that person.

                                           ARTICLE VII

                               Meetings and Acts of the Commission

1.      The Commission shall meet and take such actions as are consistent with the

        provisions of this Compact and the Bylaws.

2.      Each Member of the Commission shall have the right and power to cast a vote to

        which that Compacting State is entitled and to participate in the business and

        affairs of the Commission. A Member shall vote in person or by such other

        means as provided in the Bylaws. The Bylaws may provide for Members’

        participation in meetings by telephone or other means of communication.

3.      The Commission shall meet at least once during each calendar year. Additional

        meetings shall be held as set forth in the Bylaws.

4.      Public notice shall be given of all meetings and all meetings shall be open to the

        public, except as set forth in the Rules or otherwise provided in the Compact.

5.      The Commission shall promulgate Rules concerning its meetings consistent with

        the principles contained in the "Government in the Sunshine Act," 5 U.S.C.,

        Section 552(b), as may be amended.

6.      The Commission and its committees may close a meeting, or portion thereof,

        where it determines by majority vote that an open meeting would be likely to:

        a.       Relate solely to the Commission’s internal personnel practices and

                 procedures;

        b.       Disclose matters specifically exempted from disclosure by federal and State

                 statute;
        c.       Disclose trade secrets or commercial or financial information which is

                 privileged or confidential;

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        d.       Involve accusing a person of a crime, or formally censuring a person;

        e.       Disclose information of a personal nature where disclosure would

                 constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy;

        f.       Disclose investigative records compiled for law enforcement purposes;

        g.       Specifically relate to the Commission’s issuance of a subpoena, or its

                 participation in a civil action or other legal proceeding.

7.      For a meeting, or portion of a meeting, closed pursuant to this provision, the

        Commission’s legal counsel or designee shall certify that the meeting may be

        closed and shall reference each relevant exemptive provision. The Commission

        shall keep minutes which shall fully and clearly describe all matters discussed in

        a meeting and shall provide a full and accurate summary of actions taken, and

        the reasons therefore, including a description of the views expressed and the

        record of a roll call vote. All documents considered in connection with an action

        shall be identified in such minutes. All minutes and documents of a closed

        meeting shall remain under seal, subject to release by a majority vote of the

        Commission.

                                           ARTICLE VIII

                                 Rules and Operating Procedures:

                            Rulemaking Functions of the Commission

Rulemaking functions of the Commission:

1.      Rulemaking Authority.—The Commission shall promulgate reasonable Rules in

        order to effectively and efficiently achieve the purposes of this Compact.

        Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event the Commission exercises its

        rulemaking authority in a manner that is beyond the scope of the purposes of this

        Act, or the powers granted hereunder, then such an action by the Commission
        shall be invalid and have no force or effect.

2.      Rulemaking Procedure.—Rules shall be made pursuant to a rulemaking process

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        that substantially conforms to the "Model State Administrative Procedure Act,"

        of 1981 Act, Uniform Laws Annotated, Vol. 15, p.1 (2000) as amended, as may be

        appropriate to the operations of the Commission.

3.      Effective Date - All Rules and amendments, thereto, shall become effective as of

        the date specified in each Rule, operating procedure or amendment.

4.      Not later than thirty (30) days after a Rule is promulgated, any person may file a

        petition for judicial review of the Rule; provided that the filing of such a petition

        shall not stay or otherwise prevent the Rule from becoming effective unless the

        court finds that the Petitioner has a substantial likelihood of success. The court

        shall give deference to the actions of the Commission consistent with applicable

        law and shall not find the Rule to be unlawful if the Rule represents a reasonable

        exercise of the Commission’s authority.

                                        ARTICLE IX

                            Commission Records and Enforcement

1.      The Commission shall promulgate Rules establishing conditions and procedures

        for public inspection and copying of its information and official records, except

        such information and records involving the privacy of individuals, insurers,

        insureds or Surplus Lines Licensee trade secrets.                State Transaction

        Documentation and Clearinghouse Transaction Data collected by the

        Clearinghouse shall be used for only those purposes expressed in or reasonably

        implied under the provisions of this Compact and the Commission shall afford

        this data the broadest protections as permitted by any applicable law for

        proprietary information, trade secrets or personal data. The Commission may

        promulgate additional Rules under which it may make available to federal and

        State agencies, including law enforcement agencies, records and information
        otherwise exempt from disclosure, and may enter into agreements with such

        agencies to receive or exchange information or records subject to nondisclosure

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        and confidentiality provisions.

2.      Except as to privileged records, data and information, the laws of any

        Compacting State pertaining to confidentiality or nondisclosure shall not relieve

        any Compacting State Member of the duty to disclose any relevant records, data

        or information to the Commission; provided that disclosure to the Commission

        shall not be deemed to waive or otherwise affect any confidentiality requirement,

        and further provided that, except as otherwise expressly provided in this Act, the

        Commission shall not be subject to the Compacting State’s laws pertaining to

        confidentiality and nondisclosure with respect to records, data and information in

        its possession.     Confidential information of the Commission shall remain

        confidential after such information is provided to any Member, and the

        Commission shall maintain the confidentiality of any information provided by a

        member that is confidential under that Member’s State Law.

3.      The Commission shall monitor Compacting States for compliance with duly

        adopted Bylaws and Rules. The Commission shall notify any non-complying

        Compacting State in writing of its noncompliance with Commission Bylaws or

        Rules. If a non-complying Compacting State fails to remedy its noncompliance

        within the time specified in the notice of noncompliance, the Compacting State

        shall be deemed to be in default as set forth in Article XIV.

                                          ARTICLE X

                                     Dispute Resolution

1.      Before a Member may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for

        violation of any provision, standard or requirement of the Compact, the

        Commission shall attempt, upon the request of a Member, to resolve any disputes

        or other issues that are subject to this Compact and which may arise between two
        or more Compacting States, Contracting States or Non-Compacting States, and

        the Commission shall promulgate a Rule providing alternative dispute resolution

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        procedures for such disputes.

2.      The Commission shall also provide alternative dispute resolution procedures to

        resolve any disputes between insureds or Surplus Lines Licensees concerning a

        tax calculation or allocation or related issues which are the subject of this

        Compact.

3.      Any alternative dispute resolution procedures shall be utilized in circumstances

        where a dispute arises as to which State constitutes the Home State.

                                        ARTICLE XI

                              Review of Commission Decisions

Regarding Commission decisions:

1.      Except as necessary for promulgating Rules to fulfill the purposes of this

        Compact, the Commission shall not have authority to otherwise regulate

        insurance in the Compacting States.

2.      Not later than thirty (30) days after the Commission has given notice of any Rule

        or Allocation Formula, any third party filer or Compacting State may appeal the

        determination to a review panel appointed by the Commission. The Commission

        shall promulgate Rules to establish procedures for appointing such review panels

        and provide for notice and hearing. An allegation that the Commission, in

        making compliance or tax determinations acted arbitrarily, capriciously, or in a

        manner that is an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with the

        law, is subject to judicial review in accordance with Article III, Section 6.

3.      The Commission shall have authority to monitor, review and reconsider

        Commission decisions upon a finding that the determinations or allocations do

        not meet the relevant Rule. Where appropriate, the Commission may withdraw or

        modify its determination or allocation after proper notice and hearing, subject to
        the appeal process in Section 2 above.

                                        ARTICLE XII

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                                           Finance

1.      The Commission shall pay or provide for the payment of the reasonable expenses

        of its establishment and organization. To fund the cost of its initial operations the

        Commission may accept contributions, grants, and other forms of funding from

        the State stamping offices, Compacting States and other sources.

2.      The Commission shall collect a fee payable by the insured directly or through a

        Surplus Lines Licensee on each transaction processed through the Compact

        Clearinghouse, to cover the cost of the operations and activities of the

        Commission and its staff in a total amount sufficient to cover the Commission’s

        annual budget.

3.      The Commission’s budget for a fiscal year shall not be approved until it has been

        subject to notice and comment as set forth in Article VIII of this Compact.

4.      The Commission shall be regarded as performing essential governmental

        functions in exercising such powers and functions and in carrying out the

        provisions of this Compact and of any law relating thereto, and shall not be

        required to pay any taxes or assessments of any character, levied by any State or

        political subdivision thereof, upon any of the property used by it for such

        purposes, or any income or revenue therefrom, including any profit from a sale

        or exchange.

5.      The Commission shall keep complete and accurate accounts of all its internal

        receipts, including grants and donations, and disbursements for all funds under

        its control. The internal financial accounts of the Commission shall be subject to

        the accounting procedures established under its Bylaws. The financial accounts

        and reports including the system of internal controls and procedures of the

        Commission shall be audited annually by an independent certified public
        accountant. Upon the determination of the Commission, but not less frequently

        than every three (3) years, the review of the independent auditor shall include a

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        management and performance audit of the Commission. The Commission shall

        make an annual report to the Governor and legislature of the Compacting States,

        which shall include a report of the independent audit. The Commission’s internal

        accounts shall not be confidential and such materials may be shared with the

        Commissioner, the controller, or the stamping office of any Compacting State

        upon request provided, however, that any work papers related to any internal or

        independent audit and any information regarding the privacy of individuals, and

        licensees’ and insurers’ proprietary information, including trade secrets, shall

        remain confidential.

6.      No Compacting State shall have any claim to or ownership of any property held

        by or vested in the Commission or to any Commission funds held pursuant to the

        provisions of this Compact.

7.      The Commission shall not make any political contributions to candidates for

        elected office, elected officials, political parties nor political action committees.

        The Commission shall not engage in lobbying except with respect to changes to

        this Compact.

                                            ARTICLE XIII

                            Compacting States, Effective Date and Amendment

1.      Any State is eligible to become a Compacting State.

2.      The Compact shall become effective and binding upon legislative enactment of

        the Compact into law by two (2) Compacting States, provided the Commission

        shall become effective for purposes of adopting Rules, and creating the

        Clearinghouse when there are a total of ten (10) Compacting States and

        Contracting States or, alternatively, when there are Compacting States and

        Contracting States representing greater than forty percent (40%) of the Surplus
        Lines Insurance premium volume based on records of the percentage of Surplus

        Lines Insurance premium set forth in Appendix A hereto. Thereafter, it shall

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        become effective and binding as to any other Compacting State upon enactment

        of the Compact into law by that State.               Notwithstanding the foregoing, the

        Clearinghouse operations and the duty to report Clearinghouse Transaction Data

        shall begin on the first January 1st or July 1st following the first anniversary of

        the Commission effective date. For States which join the Compact subsequent to

        the effective date, a start date for reporting Clearinghouse Transaction Data shall

        be set by the Commission provided Surplus Lines Licensees and all other

        interested parties receive not less than 90 days advance notice.

3.      Amendments to the Compact may be proposed by the Commission for enactment

        by the Compacting States. No amendment shall become effective and binding

        upon the Commission and the Compacting States unless and until all

        Compacting States enact the amendment into law.

                                           ARTICLE XIV

                               Withdrawal, Default and Termination

1.      Withdrawal

        a.       Once effective, the Compact shall continue in force and remain binding

                 upon each and every Compacting State, provided that a Compacting State

                 may withdraw from the Compact ("Withdrawing State") by enacting a

                 statute specifically repealing the statute which enacted the Compact into

                 law.

        b.       The effective date of withdrawal is the effective date of the repealing statute.

                 However, the withdrawal shall not apply to any tax or compliance

                 determinations approved on the date the repealing statute becomes effective,

                 except by mutual agreement of the Commission and the Withdrawing State

                 unless the approval is rescinded by the Commission.
        c.       The Member of the Withdrawing State shall immediately notify the

                 Executive Committee of the Commission in writing upon the introduction of

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                 legislation repealing this Compact in the Withdrawing State.

        d.       The Commission shall notify the other Compacting States of the

                 introduction of such legislation within ten (10) days after its receipt of

                 notice thereof.

        e.       The Withdrawing State is responsible for all obligations, duties and

                 liabilities incurred through the effective date of withdrawal, including any

                 obligations, the performance of which extend beyond the effective date of

                 withdrawal. To the extent those obligations may have been released or

                 relinquished by mutual agreement of the Commission and the Withdrawing

                 State, the Commission’s determinations prior to the effective date of

                 withdrawal shall continue to be effective and be given full force and effect

                 in the Withdrawing State, unless formally rescinded by the Commission.

        f.       Reinstatement following withdrawal of any Compacting State shall occur

                 upon the effective date of the Withdrawing State reenacting the Compact.

2.      Default

        a.       If the Commission determines that any Compacting State has at any time

                 defaulted ("Defaulting State") in the performance of any of its obligations

                 or responsibilities under this Compact, the Bylaws or duly promulgated

                 Rules then after notice and hearing as set forth in the Bylaws, all rights,

                 privileges and benefits conferred by this Compact on the Defaulting State

                 shall be suspended from the effective date of default as fixed by the

                 Commission. The grounds for default include, but are not limited to, failure

                 of a Compacting State to perform its obligations or responsibilities, and any

                 other grounds designated in Commission Rules. The Commission shall

                 immediately notify the Defaulting State in writing of the Defaulting State’s
                 suspension pending a cure of the default. The Commission shall stipulate

                 the conditions and the time period within which the Defaulting State must

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                 cure its default. If the Defaulting State fails to cure the default within the

                 time period specified by the Commission, the Defaulting State shall be

                 terminated from the Compact and all rights, privileges and benefits

                 conferred by this Compact shall be terminated from the effective date of

                 termination.

        b.       Decisions of the Commission that are issued on the effective date of

                 termination shall remain in force in the Defaulting State in the same

                 manner as if the Defaulting State had withdrawn voluntarily pursuant to

                 Section 1 of this Article.

        c.       Reinstatement following termination of any Compacting State

        requires a reenactment of the Compact.

3.      Dissolution of Compact

        a.       The Compact dissolves effective upon the date of the withdrawal or default

                 of the Compacting State which reduces membership in the Compact to one

                 Compacting State.

        b.       Upon the dissolution of this Compact, the Compact becomes null and void

                 and shall have no further force or effect, and the business and affairs of the

                 Commission shall be wound up and any surplus funds shall be distributed

                 in accordance with the Rules and Bylaws.

                                              ARTICLE XV

                                    Severability and Construction

1.      The provisions of this Compact shall be severable and if any phrase, clause,

        sentence or provision is deemed unenforceable, the remaining provisions of the

        Compact shall be enforceable.

2.      The provisions of this Compact shall be liberally construed to effectuate its
        purposes.

3.      Throughout this Compact the use of the singular shall include the plural and

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        vice-versa.

4.      The headings and captions of articles, sections and sub-sections used in this

        Compact are for convenience only and shall be ignored in construing the

        substantive provisions of this Compact.

                                               ARTICLE XVI

                                 Binding Effect of Compact and Other Laws

1.      Other Laws

        a.       Nothing herein prevents the enforcement of any other law of a Compacting

                 State except as provided in Paragraph b. of this section.

        b.       Decisions of the Commission, and any Rules, and any other requirements of

                 the Commission shall constitute the exclusive Rule, or determination

                 applicable to the Compacting States. Any law or regulation regarding Non-

                 Admitted Insurance of Multi-State Risks that is contrary to Rules of the

                 Commission is preempted with respect to the following:

                 (i)        Clearinghouse Transaction Data reporting requirements;

                 (ii)       Allocation Formula;

                 (iii) Clearinghouse Transaction Data collection requirements;

                 (iv) Premium          Tax payment          time frames       and Rules concerning

                            dissemination of data among the Compacting States for Non-Admitted

                            Insurance of Multi-State Risks and Single-State Risks;

                 (v)        exclusive compliance with surplus lines law of the Home State of the

                            insured;

                 (vi) Rules for reporting to a Clearinghouse for receipt and distribution of

                            Clearinghouse Transaction Data related to Non-Admitted Insurance

                            of Multi-State Risks;
                 (vii) Uniform foreign Insurers Eligibility Requirements;

                 (viii) Uniform Policyholder Notice; and

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                 (ix) Uniform treatment of Purchasing Groups procuring Non-Admitted

                            Insurance.

        c.       Except as stated in paragraph b, any Rule, Uniform Standard or other

                 requirement of the Commission shall constitute the exclusive provision that

                 a Commissioner may apply to compliance or tax determinations.

                 Notwithstanding the foregoing, no action taken by the Commission shall

                 abrogate or restrict: (i) the access of any person to State courts; (ii) the

                 availability of alternative dispute resolution under Article X of this Compact

                 (iii) remedies available under State law related to breach of contract, tort, or

                 other laws not specifically directed to compliance or tax determinations;

                 (iv) State law relating to the construction of insurance contracts; or (v) the

                 authority of the attorney general of the State, including but not limited to

                 maintaining any actions or proceedings, as authorized by law.

2.      Binding Effect of this Compact

        a.       All lawful actions of the Commission, including all Rules promulgated by

                 the Commission, are binding upon the Compacting States, except as

                 provided herein.

        b.       All agreements between the Commission and the Compacting States are

                 binding in accordance with their terms.

        c.       Upon the request of a party to a conflict over the meaning or interpretation

                 of Commission actions, and upon a majority vote of the Compacting States,

                 the Commission may issue advisory opinions regarding the meaning or

                 interpretation in dispute. This provision may be implemented by Rule at the

                 discretion of the Commission.

        d.       In the event any provision of this Compact exceeds the constitutional limits
                 imposed on the legislature of any Compacting State, the obligations, duties,

                 powers or jurisdiction sought to be conferred by that provision upon the

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                 Commission shall be ineffective as to that State and those obligations

                 duties, powers or jurisdiction shall remain in the Compacting State and

                 shall be exercised by the agency thereof to which those obligations, duties,

                 powers or jurisdiction are delegated by law in effect at the time this

                 Compact becomes effective.

                                Surplus Line Insurance Premiums by State

                                                 Appendix A

State                       Premiums based on taxes paid             Share of Total Premiums

Alabama                          445,746,000                              1.47%

Alaska                           89,453,519                               0.29%

Arizona                          663,703,267                              2.18%

Arkansas                         201,859,750                              0.66%

California                       5,622,450,467                            18.49%

Colorado                         543,781,333                              1.79%

Connecticut                      329,358,800                              1.08%

Delaware                         92,835,950                               0.31%

Florida                          2,660,908,760                            8.75%

Georgia                          895,643,150                              2.95%

Hawaii                           232,951,489                              0.77%

Idaho                            74,202,255                               0.24%

Illinois                         1,016,504,629                            3.34%

Indiana                          412,265,320                              1.36%

Iowa                             135,130,933                              0.44%

Kansas                           160,279,300                              0.53%

Kentucky                         167,996,133                              0.55%
Louisiana                        853,173,280                              2.81%

Maine                            60,111,200                               0.20%

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Maryland                    434,887,600                              1.43%

Massachusetts               708,640,225                              2.33%

Michigan                    703,357,040                              2.31%

Minnesota                   393,128,400                              1.29%

Mississippi                 263,313,175                              0.87%

Missouri                    404,489,860                              1.33%

Montana                     64,692,873                               0.21%

Nebraska                    92,141,167                               0.30%

Nevada                      354,271,514                              1.17%

New Hampshire               102,946,250                              0.34%

New Jersey                  1,087,994,033                            3.58%

New Mexico                  67,608,458                               0.22%

New York                    2,768,618,083                            9.11%

North Carolina              514,965,060                              1.69%

North Dakota                36,223,943                               0.12%

Ohio                        342,000,000                              1.12%

Oklahoma                    319,526,400                              1.05%

Oregon                      312,702,150                              1.03%

Pennsylvania                780,666,667                              2.57%

Rhode Island                71,794,067                               0.24%

South Carolina              412,489,825                              1.36%

South Dakota                38,702,120                               0.13%

Tennessee                   451,775,24                                1.49%

Texas                       3,059,170,454                            10.06%

Utah                        142,593,412                              0.47%
Vermont                     41,919,433                               0.14%

Virginia                    611,530,667                              2.01%

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Washington                  739,932,050                             2.43%

West Virginia               130,476,250                             0.43%

Wisconsin                   248,758,333                             0.82%

Wyoming                     40,526,967                              0.13%

Total                30,400,197,251                       100.00%
This Data is 2005 Calendar Year Data excerpted from a study dated February 27, 2007
by Mackin & Company.
        Section 2. KRS 91A.080 is amended to read as follows:

(1)     The legislative body of each local government which elects to impose and collect

        license fees or taxes upon insurance companies for the privilege of engaging in the

        business of insurance may, except as provided in subsection (10) of this section,

        enact or change its license fee or rate of tax to be effective July 1 of each year on a

        prospective basis only and shall file with the commissioner of insurance at least one

        hundred (100) days prior to the effective date, a copy of all ordinances and

        amendments which impose a license fee or tax. No less than eighty-five (85) days

        prior to the effective date, the commissioner of insurance shall promptly notify each

        insurance company engaged in the business of insurance in the Commonwealth of

        those local governments which have elected to impose the license fees or taxes and

        the current amount of the license fee or rate of tax.
(2)     Any license fee or tax imposed by a local government upon an insurance company

        with respect to life insurance policies may be based upon the first year's premiums,

        and, if so based, shall be applied to the amount of the premiums actually collected

        within each calendar quarter upon the lives of persons residing within the corporate

        limits of the local government.

(3)     Any license fee or tax imposed by a local government upon any insurance company

        with respect to any policy which is not a life insurance policy shall be based upon
        the premiums actually collected by the insurance company within each calendar



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        quarter on risks located within the corporate limits of the local government on those

        classes of business which the insurance company is authorized to transact, less all

        premiums returned to policyholders. In determining the amount of license fee or tax

        to be collected and to be paid to the local government, the insurance company shall

        use the tax rate effective on the first day of the policy term. When an insurance

        company collects a premium as a result of a change in the policy during the policy

        term, the tax rate used shall be the rate in effect on the effective date of the policy

        change. With respect to premiums returned to policyholders, the license fee or tax
        shall be returned by the insurance company to the policyholder pro rata on the

        unexpired amount of the premium at the same rate at which it was collected and

        shall be taken as a credit by the insurance company on its next quarterly report to

        the local government.

(4)     The Department of Insurance shall, by administrative regulation, provide for a

        reasonable collection fee to be retained by the insurance company or its agent as

        compensation for collecting the tax, except that the collection fee shall not be more

        than fifteen percent (15%) of the fee or tax collected and remitted to the local

        government or two percent (2%) of the premiums subject to the tax, whichever is

        less. To facilitate computation, collection, and remittance of the fee or tax and

        collection fee provided in this section, the fees or taxes set out in subsection (1), (2),

        or (3) of this section, together with the collection fee in this section, may be rounded

        off to the nearest dollar amount.

(5)     Pursuant to KRS 304.3-270, if any other state retaliates against any Kentucky

        domiciliary insurer because of the requirements of this section, the commissioner of

        insurance shall impose an equal tax upon the premiums written in this state by

        insurers domiciled in the other state.
(6)     Accounting and reporting procedures for collection and reporting of the fees or

        taxes and the collection fee herein provided shall be determined by administrative

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        regulations promulgated by the Department of Insurance.

(7)     (a)      Upon written request of the legislative body of any local government, at the

                 expense of the requesting local government, which shall be paid in advance by

                 the local government to the Department of Insurance, the Department of

                 Insurance shall audit, or cause to be audited by contract with qualified

                 auditors, the books or records of the insurance companies or agents subject to

                 the fee or tax to determine whether the fee or tax is being properly collected

                 and remitted, and the findings of the audit shall be reported to the local
                 government and the insurance company subject to the audit. An insurance

                 company may appeal the findings of the audit conducted under this subsection

                 and any assessment issued pursuant to the audit findings in accordance with

                 the provisions of KRS 91A.0804(5).

        (b)      Willful failure to properly collect and remit the fee or tax imposed by a local

                 government pursuant to the authority granted by this section shall constitute

                 grounds for the revocation of the license issued to an insurance company or

                 agent under the provisions of KRS Chapter 304.

        (c)      If the Department of Insurance finds that an insurance company has willfully

                 engaged in a pattern of business conduct that fails to properly collect and

                 remit the fee or tax imposed by a local government pursuant to the authority

                 granted by this section, the Department of Insurance may assess the

                 responsible insurance company an appropriate penalty fee no greater than ten

                 percent (10%) of the additional license fees or taxes determined to be owed to

                 the local government. The penalty fee shall be paid to the local government

                 owed the license fee or tax less any administrative costs of the Department of

                 Insurance in enforcing this section. Any insurance company or agent held
                 responsible for a penalty fee may request a hearing with the Department of

                 Insurance to be conducted pursuant to KRS 304.2-310 to 304.2-370 regarding

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                 the finding of a willful violation and the subsequent penalty fee.

(8)     The license fees or taxes provided for by subsections (2) and (3) of this section shall

        be due thirty (30) days after the end of each calendar quarter. Annually, by March

        31, each insurance company shall furnish each local government to which the tax or

        fee is remitted with a breakdown of all collections in the preceding calendar year for

        the following categories of insurance:

        (a)      Casualty;

        (b)      Automobile;
        (c)      Inland marine;

        (d)      Fire and allied perils;

        (e)      Health; and

        (f)      Life.

(9)     Any license fee or tax not paid on or before the due date shall bear interest at the tax

        interest rate as defined in KRS 131.010(6) from the date due until paid. Such

        interest payable to the local government is separate of penalties provided for in

        subsection (7) of this section. In addition, the local government may assess a ten

        percent (10%) penalty for a tax or fee not paid within thirty (30) days after the due

        date.

(10) No license fee or tax imposed under this section shall apply to premiums received

        on:

        (a)      Policies of group health insurance provided for state employees under KRS

                 18A.225;

        (b)      Policies insuring employers against liability for personal injuries to their

                 employees or the death of their employees caused thereby, under the

                 provisions of KRS Chapter 342;
        (c)      Health insurance policies issued to individuals;

        (d)      Policies issued through Kentucky Access created in Subtitle 17B of KRS

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                 Chapter 304; [or]

        (e)      Policies for high deductible health plans as defined in 26 U.S.C. sec.

                 223(c)(2); or

        (f)      Multi-state surplus lines, defined as non-admitted insurance as provided in

                 Title V, Subtitle B, the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010,

                 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Pub.
                 L. No. 111-203.

(11) No county may impose the tax authorized by this section upon the premiums
        received on policies issued to public service companies which pay ad valorem taxes.

(12) Insurance companies which pay license fees or taxes pursuant to this section shall

        credit city license fees or taxes against the same license fees or taxes levied by the

        county, when the license fees or taxes are levied by the county on or after July 13,

        1990. For purposes of this subsection, a consolidated local government, urban-

        county government, charter county government, or unified local government shall

        be considered a county.

(13) No license fee or tax imposed under this section shall apply to premiums paid to

        insurers of municipal bonds, leases, or other debt instruments issued by or on behalf

        of a city, county, charter county government, urban-county government,

        consolidated local government, special district, nonprofit corporation, or other

        political subdivision of the Commonwealth. However, this exemption shall not

        apply if the bonds, leases, or other debt instruments are issued for profit or on behalf

        of for-profit or private organizations.

(14) A county may impose a license fee or tax covering the entire county or may limit

        the application of the fee or tax to the unincorporated portions of the county.

        Section 3. KRS 136.392 is amended to read as follows:
(1)     (a)      Every domestic, foreign, or alien insurer, other than life and health insurers,

                 which is either subject to or exempted from Kentucky premium taxes as levied

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                 pursuant to the provisions of either KRS 136.340, 136.350, 136.370, or

                 136.390, shall charge and collect a surcharge of one dollar and fifty cents

                 ($1.50) upon each one hundred dollars ($100) of premium, assessments, or

                 other charges, except for those municipal premium taxes, made by it for

                 insurance coverage provided to its policyholders, on risk located in this state,

                 whether the charges are designated as premiums, assessments, or otherwise.

                 The premium surcharge shall be collected by the insurer from its

                 policyholders at the same time and in the same manner that its premium or
                 other charge for the insurance coverage is collected. The premium surcharge

                 shall be disclosed to policyholders pursuant to administrative regulations

                 promulgated by the commissioner of insurance. However, no insurer or its

                 agent shall be entitled to any portion of any premium surcharge as a fee or

                 commission for its collection. On or before the twentieth day of each month,

                 each insurer shall report and remit to the Department of Revenue, on forms as

                 it may require, all premium surcharge moneys collected by it during its

                 preceding monthly accounting period less any moneys returned to

                 policyholders as applicable to the unearned portion of the premium on policies

                 terminated by either the insured or the insurer. Insurers with an annual liability

                 of less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each of the previous two (2)

                 calendar years may report and remit to the Department of Revenue all

                 premium surcharge moneys collected on a calendar year basis on or before the

                 twentieth day of January of the following calendar year. The funds derived

                 from the premium surcharge shall be deposited in the State Treasury, and shall

                 constitute a fund allocated for the uses and purposes of the Firefighters

                 Foundation Program fund, KRS 95A.220 and 95A.262, and the Law
                 Enforcement Foundation Program fund, KRS 15.430.

        (b)      Effective July 1, 1992, the surcharge rate in paragraph (a) of this subsection

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                 shall be adjusted by the commissioner of revenue to a rate calculated to

                 provide sufficient funds for the uses and purposes of the Firefighters

                 Foundation Program fund as prescribed by KRS 95A.220 and 95A.262 and

                 the Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund as prescribed by KRS 15.430

                 for each fiscal year. The rate shall be calculated using as its base the number

                 of local government units eligible for participation in the funds under

                 applicable statutes as of January 1, 1994. To allow the commissioner of

                 revenue to calculate an appropriate rate, the secretary of the Public Protection
                 Cabinet and the secretary for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet shall

                 certify to the commissioner of revenue, no later than January 1 of each year,

                 the estimated budgets for the respective funds specified above, including any

                 surplus moneys in the funds, which shall be incorporated into the

                 consideration of the adjusted rate for the next biennium. As soon as practical,

                 the commissioner of revenue shall advise the commissioner of insurance of

                 the new rate and the commissioner shall inform the affected insurers. The rate

                 adjustment process shall continue on a biennial basis.

(2)     Within five (5) days after the end of each month, all insurance premium surcharge

        proceeds deposited in the State Treasury as set forth in this section shall be paid by

        the State Treasurer into the Firefighters Foundation Program fund trust and agency

        account and the Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund trust and agency

        account. The amount paid into each account shall be proportionate to each fund's

        respective share of the total deposits, pursuant to KRS 42.190. Moneys deposited to

        the Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund trust and agency account shall not

        be disbursed, expended, encumbered, or transferred by any state official for uses

        and purposes other than those prescribed by KRS 15.410 to 15.500, except that
        beginning with fiscal year 1994-95, through June 30, 1999, moneys remaining in

        the account at the end of the fiscal year in excess of three million dollars

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        ($3,000,000) shall lapse. On and after July 1, 1999, moneys in this account shall not

        lapse. Money deposited to the Firefighters Foundation Program fund trust and

        agency account shall not be disbursed, expended, encumbered, or transferred by any

        state official for uses and purposes other than those prescribed by KRS 95A.200 to

        95A.300, except that beginning with fiscal year 1994-95, through June 30, 1999,

        moneys remaining in the account at the end of the fiscal year in excess of three

        million dollars ($3,000,000) shall lapse, but moneys in the revolving loan fund

        established in KRS 95A.262 shall not lapse. On and after July 1, 1999, moneys in
        this account shall not lapse.

(3)     Insurance premium surcharge funds collected from the policyholders of any

        domestic mutual company, cooperative, or assessment fire insurance company shall

        be deposited in the State Treasury, and shall be paid monthly by the State Treasurer

        into the Firefighters Foundation Program fund trust and agency account as provided

        in KRS 95A.220 to 95A.262. However, insurance premium surcharge funds

        collected from policyholders of any mutual company, cooperative, or assessment

        fire insurance company which transfers its corporate domicile to this state from

        another state after July 15, 1994, shall continue to be paid into the Firefighters

        Foundation Program fund and the Law Enforcement Foundation Program fund as

        prescribed.

(4)     No later than July 1 of each year, the Department of Insurance shall provide the

        Department of Revenue with a list of all Kentucky-licensed property and casualty

        insurers and the amount of premium volume collected by the insurer for the

        preceding calendar year as set forth on the annual statement of the insurer. No later

        than September 1 of each year, the Department of Revenue shall calculate an

        estimate of the premium surcharge due from each insurer subject to the insurance
        premium surcharge imposed pursuant to this section, based upon the surcharge rate

        imposed pursuant to this section and the amount of the premium volume for each

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        insurer as reported by the Department of Insurance. The Department of Revenue

        shall compare the results of this estimate with the premium surcharge paid by each

        insurer during the preceding year and shall provide the Legislative Research

        Commission, the Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and

        Education, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council, and the Department of

        Insurance with a report detailing its findings on a cumulative basis. In accordance

        with KRS 131.190, the Department of Revenue shall not identify or divulge the

        confidential tax information of any individual insurer in this report.
(5)     The insurance premiums surcharge provided in this section shall not apply to

        premiums collected from the following:

        (a)      The federal government;

        (b)      Resident educational and charitable institutions qualifying under Section

                 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;

        (c)      Resident nonprofit religious institutions for real, tangible, and intangible

                 property coverage only;

        (d)      State government for coverage of real property; or

        (e)      Local governments for coverage of real property.

(6)     Pursuant to the Non-Admitted and Reinsurance Reform Act of 2010, Title V,

        Subtitle B, of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,

        Pub. L. No. 111-517, the insurance premium surcharge on non-admitted

        insurance for multistate risks shall be exempt from the provisions of this section

        but shall be subject to the provisions of Section 4 of this Act.
        Section 4. KRS 304.10-180 is amended to read as follows:

(1)     For single state risks located solely within this state, each broker shall pay the

        following taxes:
        (a)      A tax at the rate of three percent (3%) on the premiums, assessments, fees,

                 charges, or other consideration deemed part of the premium as defined in KRS

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                 304.14-030, on surplus lines insurance subject to tax transacted by him or her

                 with unauthorized insurers during the preceding calendar quarter as shown by

                 his or her quarterly statement filed with the commissioner in accordance with

                 KRS 304.10-170. The tax shall not be assessed on the premium surcharge tax,

                 the local government premium tax, or any other state or federal tax. The tax

                 shall be remitted to the commissioner within thirty (30) days of the end of

                 each calendar quarter. When collected the tax shall be credited to the

                 insurance regulatory trust fund, as established by KRS 304.2-400;
        (b)      The premium surcharge tax, to be remitted to the Kentucky Department of

                 Revenue, in accordance with KRS 136.392; and

        (c)      The local government premium tax, to be remitted to the appropriate city,

                 county, or urban-county government taxing authority, in accordance with KRS

                 91A.080. Each broker shall be subject to the provisions of this section and

                 KRS 91A.080 and 91A.0802 to 91A.0810 as an insurance company.

(2)     For multistate risks, each broker shall pay a tax at the rate of twelve percent

        (12%) on premiums in accordance with the uniform Allocation Formula and

        other rules adopted by the Surplus Lines Insurance Multi-State Compliance

        Compact Commission established in Section 1 of this Act. The tax collected on

        multistate risks shall be remitted to the Department of Insurance, which shall no

        less than semiannually divide and distribute the revenues as follows:

        (a)      Twenty-five percent (25%) of the tax collected shall be retained by the

                 Department of Insurance and treated as if collected pursuant to subsection

                 (1)(a) of this section;

        (b)      Fifteen percent (15%) of the tax collected shall be distributed to the

                 Department of Revenue and treated as if it was collected pursuant to
                 Section 3 of this Act and shall be used for the purposes of funding:

                 1.         The Firefighters Foundation Program fund, as provided by KRS

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                            95A.220 and 95A.262; and

                 2.         The Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund as provided by

                            KRS 15.430; and

        (c)      Sixty percent (60%) of the tax collected shall be distributed to the

                 Department for Local Government. The Department for Local Government:

                 1.         Shall determine the share of the tax for each city and county

                            government on a pro rata basis pursuant to a distribution formula that

                            is based upon the percentage of each city's and county's historical

                            local premium tax collections from surplus lines insurance in

                            calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009, as compared to the total of all

                            local insurance premium taxes on surplus lines insurance collected in

                            calendar years 2007, 2008, and 2009;

                 2.         Shall exclude any city or county from the distribution that collected a

                            total of less than five hundred dollars ($500) in insurance premium

                            taxes from surplus lines insurance for calendar years 2007, 2008, and

                            2009 and the total amount of these city or county collections of less

                            than five hundred dollars ($500) shall be excluded from the

                            determination of the total local insurance premium tax collections

                            required by this subsection;

                 3.         Shall not less than semiannually distribute the proceeds to city and

                            county governments for the purposes of funding public safety,

                            including but not limited to:

                            a.   Police;

                            b.   Fire;

                            c.   Emergency 911 services; and
                            d.   Ambulance services; and

                 4.         May charge a yearly administrative fee equal to one percent (1%) of

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                            the total local government portion provided under this subsection, not

                            to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per year statewide.
[If a surplus lines policy covers risks or exposures only partially in this state the tax so

        payable shall be computed upon the proportion of the premium which is properly

        allocable to the risks or exposures located in this state.]

        Section 5. Sections 2, 3, and 4 of this Act shall take effect as provided in Article

XIII of Section 1 of this Act, upon legislative enactment of the compact into law by two

compacting states, provided the commission shall become effective for purposes of
adopting rules, and creating the clearinghouse when there are a total of ten compacting

states and contracting states or, alternatively, when there are compacting states and

contracting states representing greater than 40 percent of the surplus lines insurance

premium volume based on records of the percentage of surplus lines insurance.




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